Lawyers’ Obligations

Lawyer Responsibilities

Lawyers are governed by certain standards of professional responsibility toward clients. Your lawyer must follow these basic rules and professional ethics:


Depending on rules that apply in your jurisdiction, your lawyer may have other responsibilities to you. But you should make sure that he/she respects these basic rules. A failure to comply with the rules may be the basis for a malpractice action.

At the same time, a client also has certain obligations toward his lawyer. Breach of any commitment might cause a lawyer to terminate the contract. You have a responsibility to cooperate with your lawyer and provide him/her with all relevant facts, attend all court proceedings when required, and pay the lawyer’s fees in a timely fashion.